Fractures & Hope: Reflections on Religious Higher Ed


Today I’m at Belmont University in Nashville for the National Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program national network of church-related colleges and universities. Having served on the National Board for the LFP since 2011, I have been paying attention to many of the headlines about shifting alliances in religious higher education this year. The impetus [Read More...]

Some Good News in Religious Higher Ed


Over at Religion News Service, Eliel Cruz highlights three Christian colleges who have recently taken steps to be more inclusive of LGBT employees: “Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships. … These changes affect the schools’ nondiscrimination hiring policies, which now lists sexual orientation and, [Read More...]

Books, Vocation, & Education


It happens regularly … a student comes into my office, stops and looks around, says:  “So many books!” I usually smile, and say, “of course … it’s my job.” That’s only partially true, of course, since as a college professor, the students are my job. Actually, introducing the students to the books is most precisely [Read More...]

Teaching With Meaning: The LFP Family


I’m travelling to the University of Scranton today to attend a board meeting, administrators workshop, and the national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.  Last year at this time I described the program and some of my involvement in it over the years, from a postdoctoral teaching fellow to faculty [Read More...]

“For I Am With You”

What if the fundamental problem that we need to work to overcome, that embedded flaw at the core of being human, isn’t mortality? Consider all the ways that we struggle mightily to overcome our mortality – to extend life, transcend our physical limitations, care for others’ most basic physical needs for food and shelter.  Sometimes [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The Lilly Fellows Program


This week, I’m at the Lilly Fellows Program National Network Conference at the University of Indianapolis, and at the meeting of the LFP’s National Network Board, on which I serve. The LFP has been an integral part of my own development as a teacher and scholar, providing resources and community that informed my sense of [Read More...]